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Ah….the infamous “ZHP” Performance Package. Available in sedan, coupe, and convertible format, it infused the US-specification 330i with some M DNA and has since become a fan favorite. Clean examples even trade for more than some M3s. But one thing was lacking; a wagon. Worse, BMW never offered the top-spec motor in the E46 long roof here. But that doesn’t hold people back.
Today’s car started life as an Orient Blue Metallic automatic 325i Sport Wagon with heated seats, beige leather upholstery, and wood trim – that’s about it. Since that time, it’s run into some things and become a whole lot more desirable with a full ZHP treatment including bodywork, wheels, interior, and the 3.0L motor and 5-speed manual transmission. Then there are also some upgrades to the suspension and some maintenance to boot. Does it make it worth overlooking the rebuilt title?
Not that I am proclaiming to be Nostradamus or anything, but I follow the German collector car market literally seven days a week and try to have a pulse on all the models. Therefore, I am here to say that the 997 generation Porsche 911 Turbo is probably near the floor of their prices. The oldest examples are now over 15 years old and these are heading straight into the category of old enough to be classic cool, but still modern enough to use regularly if not daily drive if you live in a climate where that is possible. Important to note that I’m talking about the 997.1 generation, as there is a massive difference once the 997.2 was fitted with the PDK gearbox in addition to the always desirable 6-speed manual.
Today’s car, a 2008 up for sale north of San Francisco, doesn’t have the 6-speed manual but rather the old Tiptronic S five-speed automatic. If you want to get into a 997 Turbo for the least amount of money possible, here you go.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG not only holds the crown for the most amount of three letter-monikers in the model name, but also that of the craziest bodywork that you can’t believe is factory. I don’t want to re-cap everything, but if you want to re-read my post about this model from way back in 2016, feel free. As mentioned, these are extremely rare and qualify to be imported to the United States under a “show or display” exemption at a heavy cost, but it is doable. As the price of this one up for sale in The Netherlands proves, you can probably swing it for you are able to write a check this size.
If you’d had told me 20 years ago that Porsche would be building a four-door, all-wheel-drive, off-road style, fully electric wagon, I’d probably have had a hard time believing it. When they started showing up earlier this year, I still had a hard time believing it was real. Looking a bit like a photoshopped homage of the stretched 928 concepts in the 80s, the Cross Turismo is the more pedestrian version of the Sport Turismo. In total, there are now five different versions of just the Taycan wagon. Is that crazy? Yes. But even the base Taycan 4 Cross Turismo packs a potent punch; 469 horsepower is on tap and it’ll scoot to 60 in under 5 seconds. The base price is right around $100k – and if that’s not dear enough (or fast enough) for you, the Turbo S Turismo Cross Turismo will take $200k of your money to half the 60 times. Today’s car may be the base model, but it’s got some neat-looking wheels slapped on it and a striking interior color: